web analytics
September 23, 2014 / 28 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Major Oshrat Bachar: First Female Combat Battalion Commander

Major Oshrat Bachar. Photo by IDF Spokesman's Office

Major Oshrat Bachar. Photo by IDF Spokesman's Office

The year 2013 in Israel went out with a bang: on December 31st, IDF Ground Forces Commander Maj. Gen. Guy Tzur made history by appointing the first woman to the position of combat battalion commander. The slim, attractive, thirty-five-year-old Petah Tikva native, Major Oshrat Bachar, was made commander of a battalion in the IDF’s Combat Intelligence Collection Corps.

Referring to the extraordinary appointment, the trailblazing commander said her attitude was that “no difficulty is insurmountable.” However, “I wouldn’t have made it without my parents’ support,” she said. “I don’t think any woman would have chosen to do it, but with help and support from parents and commanders, it’s possible – and I wouldn’t have succeeded otherwise.”

She began her military career as a lookout soldier in the Combat Intelligence Corps, and went on to become a company commander in the field. From there, she became an instructor at the IDF’s Combat Intelligence School, before serving as an advisor to the office of the chief of staff on Women’s’ Affairs.

In the meantime Major Oshrat Bachar is currently completing a course on command and special staff at Glilot, and will then go on to begin a battalion commander’s course in order to take command of Field Intelligence Battalion 727, otherwise known as Eitam, stationed on the Israel-Egypt border.

The relatively young Eitam battalion has become instrumental in IDF Southern Command’s Division 80’s efforts to keep up with the ever-changing security situation in Sinai after the fall of the Mubarak regime – and the entry of terrorist elements to the region.

Major Oshrat also served in the past as the head of the field intelligence spotter training course, as well as the chief of general staff’s adviser on women’s issues.

Oshrat and her husband, Maj. Ohad Bachar, a fellow career officer who serves in the Engineer Corps and shares her military ambitions, primarily share a greater treasure: the two have a 7-year-old daughter, who prides herself in having two majors for parents!

Maj. Ohad Bachar told an army publication in recent days that they both had shared the goal of becoming battalion commanders, and praised his wife for “realizing her ambitions and making a breakthrough as the first woman in the role.”

In the present unsettling conditions in Egypt, it is doubly remarkable that a woman, a young mother, was chosen to command the combat unit on the Egyptian border. Major Oshrat’s promotion is seen as a sign of the respect and appreciation she commands from her superiors and subordinates. A fellow officer, who called her a “fighter,” concluded that her appointment is “an outstanding achievement for the IDF and the field intelligence corps.”

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “Major Oshrat Bachar: First Female Combat Battalion Commander”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Drone Intercept Along Syrian Border 1
Israel Shoots Down Syrian Sukhoi-24 Fighter Plane Infiltrating Israeli Airspace
Latest Sections Stories
Calmer Times. Breslov chassidim on erev Rosh Hashanah in 2012 at the grave of Rav Nachman in Uman.

As optimistic as Menachem Rosenberg is – and he said he is going to Uman – he’s sure that this year, most of the travelers will not tour other religious sites or places in Ukraine.

Three sets of three-day Yomim Tovim can seem overwhelming – especially when we are trying to stay healthy.

Plotkin-092614

Is a missed opportunity to do a mitzvah considered a sin?

Teens-Twenties-logo

The sounds and scents of the kitchen are cozy, familiar, but loud in the silence.

Everyone has a weakness. For some people it is the inability to walk past a sales rack without dropping a few hundred dollars. For others, it’s the inability to keep their house organized.

Not enjoying saying no, I often succumbed to requests viewing them as demands I couldn’t refuse.

His entire life was dedicated to Torah and he became a pivotal figure in the transmittal of the Oral Torah to the next generation.

When you don’t have anyone else to turn to… that’s when you’re tied to Hashem the closest.

While we all go to restaurants for a good meal, it is dessert, that final taste that lingers in your mouth, that is the crown jewel of any dining experience and Six Thirteen’s offerings did not disappoint.

Today, fifty years and six million (!) people later, Israel is truly a different world.

There will always be items that don’t freeze well – salads and some rice- or potato-based dishes – so you need to leave time to prepare or cook them closer to Yom Tov and ensure there is enough room in the refrigerator to store them.

In Uzbekistan, in the early twentieth century, it was the women who wore the pants.

This is an important one in raising a mentsch (and maybe even in marrying off a mentsch! listening skills are on the top of the list when I do shidduch coaching).

More Articles from Prof. Livia Bitton-Jackson
LBJ-032814-Halberstam

Over the years there has been no shortage of reporting about Devorah Halberstam, Ari’s mother. Even in Israel, thousands of miles from the Halberstam home, there have been frequent references in the media to Ari’s mother. Do you know why?

When Hitler entered Prague in March 1939, many Czech Jews managed to escape to Palestine, including Alice’s twin Mariane and her families.

Hannah believed that one must learn about the evils of the past so that they aren’t repeated.

Who is Rachel Azaria? Would you have guessed that this dynamo is a religious, 35-year-old woman, mother of four children, ranging in ages from ten years to eight months?

The relatively young Eitam battalion has become instrumental in IDF Southern Command’s Division 80’s efforts to keep up with the ever-changing security situation in Sinai after the fall of the Mubarak regime – and the entry of terrorist elements to the region.

Eishet Chayil is a hymn customarily recited on Friday evenings before sitting down to the Shabbat evening meal. It is a twenty-two verse poem at the conclusion of the book of Mishlei, describing the woman of valor as the ideal wife and mother.

The Nazi officers and their wives were flattered to have the beautiful, poised Arab aristocrat at their parties.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/jewess-press/impact-women-history/major-oshrat-bachar-first-female-combat-battalion-commander/2014/01/24/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: